American record label associated with United Sound Systems, active in the 1950s – 1960s. It was located in Detroit, MI.
The Sperry label, based at 10625 Shoemaker Street in Detroit, Michigan, was run by Sperry Boge (He was born in the village Leunovo (Mavrovsko) as Spiro Bogojević on April 15th 1907) and issued a number of recordings originating from tape, and all from Macedonian groups sponsored by Radio Skopje. Radio Skopje began broadcasting in 1944.
The label published about 40 78 rpm records between 1950 and 1953 and later on three LP records. All of their records were RCA Custom pressings.
- SPERRY 10 Inch Red Label – pressed by RCA in 1951
- SPERRY 10 Inch Blue Label – pressed by RCA in 1953
- SPERRY 12 Inch Blue Label – pressed by RCA in 1953
Source: Excavated Shellac / The Endendijk Collection
American R&B, soul and country label founded in 1946 by Jack and Devora Brown in Detroit, Michigan. Most of the label’s releases were recorded at the in-house studio Fortune Recording Studio.
Wilcox-Gay was founded in 1910 and shut down in 1963 after declaring bankruptcy a second time; they manufactured and distributed radios, dictation machines, blank recording disks and the Recordio line of home recording machines.
Wilcox-Gay Corp., which began in 1910 as a small company creating radios and transcription recorders in Charlotte, Michigan. As their business grew so did the product line they carried and in 1939 they launched the Recordio.
The Recordio device not only played records but also allowed the user to use a microphone that accompanied the player to record themselves onto a blank record – a “Recordio Disc.”
The Recordio machine recorded at 78 rpm with decent fidelity. These machines also included an AM radio receiver. With this function you could record your favorite radio broadcasts to listen to time and time again.
These machines were marketed to the middle class through such media outlets as Ebony and Life magazine.
The player/recorder found its way into the hands of musicians, and Johnny Cash and Les Paul were known to use these devices.
In its debut year the Recordio device sold 25,000 units, but with the Great Depression underway and the adoption of magnetic tape the Wilcox-Gay Corp. sales declined.
In 1961 the company moved to Chicago and lasted two more years before finally declaring bankruptcy a second time and closing its doors for good in 1963.
There are three kinds of releases for the Wilcox-Gay Corporation.
One-offs: these are not made to be sold, they are unofficial radio or home recordings.
One-off exceptions: these include if theirs more then one of copy of an original recording made for family and or friends but was never meant to be sold, the other exception is there is concrete evidence that it was made by a major musician like the Johnny Cash recordings.
Commercial Release: for example, Myth & Magic by Tenshun has a custom record sleeve and label on one side, they made and sold 10 copies.
Source: Discogs / Museum of magnetic sound recording
An R&B and gospel label founded in 1947 by Joe Von Battle as a recording service, which he operated out of his store, “Joe’s Record Shop”. It released its first album in 1948 and operated until the late 1950s, issuing between 100 and 300 copies of mostly 78 RPM format releases, which were primarily distributed and sold from Von Battle’s store.
Most of the master tapes and original recordings of its releases were destroyed in a fire during 1967.
Amerpol Records was the label of Amerpol Enterprises Inc., founded in 1947 and still active (see http://www.amerpoltravel.com). The records were produced until early 1960s, both 78 rps (mostly reissues) and some LPs.
However number of copies was probably limited, thus all these records are hard to find now.
Source: Russian Records
Staff records was run by distributor Idessa Malone in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.. Billboard says she left the running of the label to newly found partners in late 1948 opening her own Dessa label, but still with a financial interest in Staff.
By October 1949, after disagreements with her partners, she dumped the Dessa label (Decca hadn’t been too happy with the name) and became full owner of Staff again.
In September 1952 she was mentioned as “former owner of Staff Records” and was then contemplating opening a label for religious recordings, “Divine Recording Services”.
Source: 45 Worlds